Make Your Home Calm, Safe & Soothing with Simple Updates

February 23, 2017

in Home,Lifestyle

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Your home should put you at ease, soothe you after a long day, recharge your creativity, and wash away any tension you picked up throughout the day. Give yourself some room to breathe and organize your home in a way that puts you as ease.

Infuse a Sense of Calm

Every room has potential. Don't close the door on a room and leave it for later just because it's cluttered. Throw out or donate extra stuff. If you think you might use it "someday," chances are it can go in the donation bin. Let your family know that if they want to keep something they need to put it away or it might end up at the local Goodwill. Once you've made space, you can organize and arrange each room how you've always wanted.

Color evokes emotion, so decorate your house with colors that bring out the best in you and your family. Toss out any item that has bad mojo; certain items may have bad memories and these items should be thrown away. On the other hand, there are also items that make you smile and remember the best times of your life. Place these possessions around the house and make them the focus of many different rooms. When you enter each room, you'll be greeted with a boost — a calming memory of your past.

Consider Safety & Security

Check your fire alarms. Make sure they work. Just because new batteries are in them doesn't mean they are reliable. Test them. Have your appliances and heating unit inspected by professionals. Fuel-burning home appliances can be potential hazards if not serviced annually. Carbon monoxide alarms should be placed in all rooms and sleeping quarters of the house. Carbon monoxide is only slightly lighter than air, and due to airflow in most homes, achieves a neutral buoyancy. Therefore, install carbon monoxide detectors up high on lower floors, and near the floor in upstairs bedrooms.

Keep your family safe from intruders with an HD security camera system set up. While security cameras were once overpriced for all but commercial use, home security has seen a drop in price over recent years. Lorex Technology offers an HD camera system in several various packages to meet whatever security needs you have.

Make It Soothing

Flowers and other decorations from nature have a soothing effect on people's lives. Indoor plants provide an ambiance that connects you with a larger living world. Pets can also soothe their owners, as dogs and cats are intuitive creatures. They pick up on stress, fear, frustrations, and often give their owners moments of joy in an otherwise busy life. However, house plants and pets don't always mix. If you have indoor plants and animals that roam your house, make sure your plants aren't poisonous to your dog or cat.

The sense of smell is often overlooked as a soothing sense, but an aromatherapy unit can provoke happy memories and tranquil emotions. While natural light and a quiet atmosphere can soothe you, the sense of smell triggers memories more often and more powerfully than any other sense.

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Lindsey Renuard is a blogger, YouTube beauty expert, and the Managing Editor of the Skiatook Journal.

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